New book recounts the remarkable life and work of Daniel Pauly, The Ocean’s Whistleblower

New book recounts the remarkable life and work of Daniel Pauly, The Ocean’s Whistleblower

Dr. Daniel Pauly is known these days as the world’s most cited fisheries scientist and the whistleblower who alerted the public about the devastation caused to marine ecosystems by the global fishing industry.

He is the mind behind the idea of the shifting baselines syndrome, which explains how knowledge of environmental disaster fades over time, leading to a misguided understanding of change on our planet, and the fishing down marine food webs concept, which describes how in certain parts of the ocean, fisheries have depleted large predatory fish and are increasingly catching smaller – and previously spurned – species lower in the food web.

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How much fish is left Sea Around Us now provides assessments for over 2,500 stocks

How much fish is left? Sea Around Us now provides assessments for over 2,500 stocks

How much fish is left Sea Around Us now provides assessments for over 2,500 stocks

Reference photo by Kim Seng, Flickr.

Under the premise of finding out how much fish is left in our oceans since 1950, when industrial fishing operations began to spread to the world oceans, the Sea Around Us team together with the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, and the FishBase and SeaLifeBase teams assessed the status of over 2,500 fish and invertebrate populations exploited in the Exclusive Economic Zones of all maritime countries and the high seas.

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Oceana audit finds that Canada is failing its marine fisheries

Oceana audit finds that Canada is failing its marine fisheries

Oceana audit finds that Canada is failing its marine fisheries
Fishing boats in Newfoundland. Photo by Christopher Porter, Flickr.

Oceana Canada released its fifth annual Fishery Audit, a document that assesses the current state of Canada’s fisheries and fisheries management, tracks progress from 2017 to 2021 and provides recommendations to meet federal policy commitments to return wild fish populations to abundance.

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“Race to jellyfish” leaves Mexican fishery in turbulent water

“Race to jellyfish” leaves Mexican fishery in turbulent water

“Race to jellyfish” leaves Mexican fishery in turbulent water

Cannonball Jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris). Image by Josh More, Flickr.

(By Riley Tjosvold).

As countries deplete fish stocks in their own waters, they increasingly look to other nations for a steady supply of seafood favourites. This can result in large fisheries operations appearing in different places around the globe almost overnight and rapidly exploiting the fish stocks there, where the target fish aren’t part of local cuisine.

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Three hundred scientists ask the WTO to ban harmful fisheries subsidies

Nearly 300 scientists ask the WTO to ban harmful fisheries subsidies

Three hundred scientists ask the WTO to ban harmful fisheries subsidies

Crab boat working the North Sea. Reference image by Krabbenkutter Ivonne/Pellworm bei Südfall, Wikimedia Commons.

Two hundred and ninety scientists from 46 countries are asking members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to take a bold step and pass a motion to ban harmful fisheries subsidies at their 12th Ministerial Conference that will take place from November 30 to December 3, 2021, in Geneva.

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